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Andy Williams riding the Coulee Challenge 1200k during August of 2022.
August 24, 2023
Words/Photos by Branden Nall
Andy Williams of Eau Claire has finished the Paris-Brest-Paris 1200 (1230 actually) kilometer Randonneur cycling event that happens once every 4 years.
What is Randonneuring? Long distance, unsupported cycling. Generally, a cyclist that completes specific and approved routes by stopping at designated checkpoints before completing the route in the allotted amount of time.
PBP, as the cycling world calls it, is a 764.28 mile bike ride across France that sits atop many cyclist's bucket list. If the ride itself doesn't seem challenging enough, the road to get there is not for the faint of heart - or lungs....or, legs.....or, your mind.
There are a few small pieces to add to this puzzle before you can even toe the start line for PBP. A Randonneur cyclist must complete with a qualifying time at least one of each 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k events by mid June of the same year PBP takes place.
Then after you complete those requirements, you register. When you register, you know you get 90 hours to complete the route and stop at all the check points. That is like asking someone from Eau Claire - to ride to Washington DC in 90 hours.
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Eau Claire - Words and photos by Branden Nall
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